Robert Duncan Timber has closed its Pontefract distribution depot, with the Middlesbrough depot scheduled to shut its doors this Friday. A total of 12 jobs will be lost.

Company chairman Robert Duncan said the closure of the satellite depots had not been easy but was based on the hard economic facts of today’s tightening economy.

“Given that all timber machining, treatment and priming are performed at our Gateshead head office, from where 90% of deliveries originate, it was making decreasing sense to deliver to our satellite depots for onward distribution, with the possible delays and double handling that this process caused,” he said.

The company, which has invested £350,000 in its five-acre Gateshead site during the past three years, will retain a presence in Yorkshire and Teesside with locally-based sales representatives.

Robert Duncan deals in softwoods, hardwoods and sheet materials.